Video: Ex-Derby youngster Conor Doyle scores screamer for D.C. United

The 23-year-old's long-range rocket sealed his side a 1-0 win at the Chicago Fire on Wednesday night.

D.C. United increased their lead atop MLS' Eastern Conference to 10 points on Wednesday night thanks to a sensational goal from former Derby County striker Conor Doyle.

Having been drawing 0-0 at bottom dwelling Chicago Fire with 18 minutes of the match left, the 23-year-old forward finally broke deadlock with a 25-yard rocket which left goalkeeper Sean Johnson with no chance.

Doyle’s effort proved enough to earn the visitors a narrow 1-0 victory and, speaking to United’s official website after the match, head coach Ben Olsen was quick to hail his impact.

“He’s one of the best finishers on our team and at practice,” Olsen said of Doyle, who has been used in midfield for most of this season. “We’re asking him to get more shots in the games and be more of an offensive threat.

“Today he did that at times and we know he has the ability to hit a ball like that. I will have to look at it again, but live it was a pretty nice goal.”

On his goal, Doyle himself added: “Yes, I’m happy with it. It just kind of a scramble in the box, and Bobby [Boswell] hit it, and the defender made a good block and it just popped out nicely at the top of the box and I was able to strike it clean and it kind of flew in.”

Doyle first joined D.C. from Derby on a six-month loan in July 2013, before going on to score eight times in 14 games over the second half of the season.

His impressive form saw the club opt to make his spell permanent at the end of the campaign but he would make just one start in 17 appearances during his first full season at RFK Stadium, while recording one goal and no assists.

The former Rams trainee has managed to break back into the first-team picture this term, however, having made seven starts in 14 games, and his second goal of 2015 last night proved what he is capable of when on form.

Once tipped as a potential US national team star during his time in England, the Texas-native likely won’t be breaking into Jurgen Klinsmann’s plans anytime soon but he should prove an important part of United’s plans moving forward.

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